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Old 03-05-2013, 05:49 PM   #1
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Default Steel Case Ammo in the Ruger American

Has anyone tried steel case ammo in their Ruger American. Even with the ammo shortage I can get 308 ammo at pre-panic prices. The Ruger American is looking like the best price point gun on the market. Ruger does not mention steel case ammo in the owners manual.
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Old 03-05-2013, 06:16 PM   #2
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should work fine. accuracy wont be that hot since steel cased stuff isnt that well made but it will be servicable just be sure you have a broken shell extractor when using steel cased in any bottleneck cartridge. steel cases can sperate at the head on extraction.

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The extraction tool is not that expensive. I might get two when I make an order. So far I have had 0 problems from brown bear in my mosin nagant. It's not like the mosin nagant has the most uniform chamber around. It's true the brown bear is not as accurate as winchester ammo. But no one else makes a 203 gr SP for the mosin. I would rather have a larger group on paper with a large expanding bullet than a tight group with a light FMJ.
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Has anyone tried steel case ammo in their Ruger American. Even with the ammo shortage I can get 308 ammo at pre-panic prices. The Ruger American is looking like the best price point gun on the market. Ruger does not mention steel case ammo in the owners manual.
I have a Ruger American Rifle in .308 I bought last fall. I found some cheap TulAmmo then and fired a couple of boxes to see how it worked Vs brass rounds. Accuracy so, so. No issues with extraction.
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The extraction tool is not that expensive. I might get two when I make an order. So far I have had 0 problems from brown bear in my mosin nagant. It's not like the mosin nagant has the most uniform chamber around. It's true the brown bear is not as accurate as winchester ammo. But no one else makes a 203 gr SP for the mosin. I would rather have a larger group on paper with a large expanding bullet than a tight group with a light FMJ.
Priv makes a 203 grain soft point brass case too.
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John_Deer, I can not see the steel case harming your gun. You might want to check the bullets with a magnet to see if the bullets are also steel. Steel bullets wear the bore much faster than nonferrous bullets.
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The magnet test is not fool proof on bullets. Many European bullets are jacketed in Cupro Nickle. This is magnetic, but not harmful to the bore.
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I shoot Tula steel cased ammo in my mosin nagants. Its pretty good ammo in my opinion. Its reasonably accurate and clean but I avoid shooting steel cased ammo in my semi auto and honestly probably wouldnt shoot it in my other bolt action guns.
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Anyone with the ruger American have issues with being able to remove the bolt without depressing the bolt release button? I can work the action and it will release the bolt.
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Priv makes a 203 grain soft point brass case too.
$$$$$$$$ not cheap :O
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